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PARTICIPATE IN YOUR LIFE 

We are here to participate in our own lives. To not only be alive, but live!

Thinking and acting together. 

 

Background of the project:
In collaboration with the Hungarian theatre company Káva Kulturális Mühely, Kompani 13 invites four companies from Nordic-Baltic countries to establish a new network with the aim to exploring interactivity in children`s theatre, using the method «theater of the participant»

 

Káva Kulturális Mühely has long experience with this method and has previously cooperated with Kompani 13 in making performances for children built on Henrik Ibsens Peer Gynt. This cooperation was founded by EEA-Grants. Kompani 13 made the performance «Peer Gynt – God`s choice», and Káva made a performance for youth just called Peer Gynt. This collaboration was called «Trip around the onionskin», and both companies has met several times during the period. We had Peer Gynt symposium in Budapest in April 2017, where we did both performances with discussions around the play and the performances afterwards. This collaboration was very good, and has led to an new knowledge for Kompani 13 around theater for young people. With the long experience from Káva theatre we would like to continue to explore this method, and involve other theatre partners in this work. We would also like to inspire Káva to explore their theatrical parts of their performances.

About the method: 

The method «theater of the participant» is base don the Brithis Theater in Education. It uses a performance techniques base don the involvment of the audience, that may times blur the boundaries between actor and audience. In this way, we make sure that the participants (audience) area ble to have an impact on the events and be able to have thir own relationshiop to the problem put in focus. We believe that if people area ble to choose and make decisions in their fantasy or in an imaginary world, they are going to be able to do so in real life as well.

 

Through performances addressing important cultural and political matters, the method makes it possible for the audience, through dialogue, to take action and think toghether to get to know themselves and their environment better – to no tusee the world in static immobility, but as a process.

It is an important part of this work to have a pedagogic mindset, but we try to avoid didactic questions and doubt schematic, clichéd aswers.

 

Káva Kulturális Mühely have been working with this method for more than 20 years, and are deeply involved in constant innovation and to involve further artistic and scientific fields in their work (for instance: music, fine arts, dance, puppetry, sociology, cultural anthropology)

Visions and aims: 

We believe the method that Káva Kulturális Mühely represent can be useful in other European countries for both children, youngsters, pedagogues, community developers and theater professionals. It opens for professional opportunities where we put interactivity and participation in its focus to reach the audience in new ways. 
"Theater of the participant" is not a well explored method in Scandinavia and Baltic countries. Therefore we want to establish a network that focus on this method. In these countries there is an openness and curiosity to art and pedagogy work for children / youngsters, and to the interactive performance methods. 

With this network, we hope to build a living connection between the north and the central area of Europe. We will have a chance to show our culture and artistic approach and we can exchange knowledge and experience. In this way we can explore the approach to a younger generation through art, creativity, emotions and taking action through participation. 

We would like to focus on the priority of contemporary theater to encourage children/ youngsters to better understand themselves and their environment, to make them able to take action and become active citizens. 

Partners: 

Five theatre companies are cooperating in a one year network with the aim of exploring interactivity in children`s theatre companies plan to cooperate in a one year network with the aim of exploring interactivity in children`s theatre, using the method "theatre of the participant". In the period of 2018-2021 we will meet to discuss and explore the method together and on this ground establish the network. During this period we still have one meeting in Lithuania and one workshop in Hungary. The work will be documented on an open website. 

The Network will: 

  • Strengthen the cooperation and the connections between Nordic and Baltic countries, and the East-European region. 

  • Strengthen the Nordic-Baltic affinity in cultural life in the Nordic region and Baltic states 

  • Improve the mutual understanding of similarities and differences in the given countries, to increase knowledge of the Nordic and Baltic artists and their work

  • Explore the method "theater of the participant" from different angles and cultures

When this project is completed, we will apply for fundings for a long term collaboration where we seek to develop a joint performance or a series of performances. We will also look at the opportunity of expanding and inviting other nationalities into the network in the future. 

Financially supported by: Nordisk Kulturkontakt, Norwegian Arts Council, Bergen kommune

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